Thursday, June 23, 2011

What Makes Me ME

Throughout people's lives, they will all have experiences and things that will make them who they are. For those of us interested in fashion, I think this stands true even stronger. Gals who dress in vintage styles can remember the first time they had their hair pin-curled & the way it made them feel. Dapper guys can remember the first time they got complimented on their suit. Everything has to start somewhere.

I thought I'd give you guys a little glimpse into what makes me me...with a little bit of fashion thrown in there, 'cause that's how I do.

1) Rock n' Roll: I know I'm like a broken record in this blog, but at the very heart of me is a dirty, 80s rocker chick. From the first time I heard Appetite for Destruction as a kid to now, that sleazy cock rock is what really gets my blood flowing. I feel younger, more alive when I hear that shit. It's what makes me want to be the bad girl who wears red lipstick, leather and ripped fishnets...and the stuff that will always make me want to learn how to do cartwheels across a line of sports cars while my hair is teased to the sky.

2) Rocky Horror Picture Show: From 1996-1999, I saw Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight every single Saturday night at the Harwan Theater in Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Even though that was approaching 15 years ago, I still regard those years as some of the best times of my life.

My fashion took an interesting turn at that time, and some of it still sneaks into my wardrobe every now and again. I realized that instead of cursing the fact that I looked younger than I was, I should just roll with it. Therefore, I dressed like the biggest Lolita you've ever seen - schoolgirl uniforms, pigtails, lunchboxes. Hey man, judge all you want, but I looked adorable.

3) Beauty/Makeup: I don't know when my makeup obsession started, but I think it was somewhere around 2004. I was thick into Live Journal at the time, and I found a crew of ladies & gents who were so talented at the art of applying makeup that it sucked me in instantly. With them, I practiced, learned, succeeded, failed and just became generally addicted to makeup. Much of my obsession fell with MAC for the first bunch of years, but I've since spread out to other brands. To this day, I have a "makeup area" in our small one-bedroom apartment that my husband has dubbed The Makeup Command Center.

EVERYONE is shaped by experiences in their life, and I bet if you look away from the computer screen and down at what you're wearing, some of that has to do with how you grew up. Now tell me - what shaped YOUR fashion stylings?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mixed Signals

I know, I know. I'm the worst blogger ever. Truthfully, it's because I'm trying to get my ducks in a row to revamp this blog a bit and start taking it in a bigger direction! We'll see if it gets there...or if I decide to just sit on the couch and eat more pizza. No, I kid I kid. It'll get there.

For now, I'm actually giving you *gasp!* an outfit post! I haven't done one of these in a hella long time, and the location isn't the best, but I felt cute yesterday and had to take a few pictures.

I bought this dress when I was in NYC in April, and I'm only just now getting to wear it. It's made of the softest cotton imaginable, which makes it great for the OMG Balls Hot(tm) weather that Baltimore has been plagued with lately. I think next time I wear it, I might swap the ribbon "belt" for a real belt...maybe in red. Hmm...

I originally had some black sandals on with this, but they made my 5' tall self look even shorter/stumpier, so I strutted on in my leopard wedges by Candies. I LOVE these babies, but unfortunately, they're nearing the end of their lives. There are currently Band Aids (yes, literal Band Aids) inside the shoe to make it so my toes don't fall through the holes that wore thin in the lining. Ew.

I paired the dress with my all-time-favorite boobs necklace from Missy Industry on Etsy.

I decided that for once, I'd let my hair do its thang and I left it straight and loose. It's getting so long that I don't even know what to do with it anymore!

So that's it for now! Coming up, posts on: my first impressions with a new (to me) makeup brand and...well, I suppose I can talk about it. I'm going to try to start having more "street style" on this blog. I have business cards on the way, and I'm going to start snapping the looks of people in Baltimore...and beyoonnnnddddd! It'll be hard for me to get used to just walking up to strangers and asking for their pictures, so wish me luck!

xox Linda

Edited to add: Oh holy crap, please ignore how gross my floor is in these pictures. Behind that door is my cat's litterbox, and when she leaves her box, she likes to do a fancy, gymnastics-esque dismount and kick litter all over the freaking place. It obviously made it into the picture.